BREAKING NEWS: Leaked Secret Audio Reveals Turkey Is Sponsor Of Boko Haram |The Republican News

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An Egyptian Television has released an intercepted telephone conversation which has confirmed that Turkey is clearly a terrorist state with a broad reach. It reports that Turkey is the supplier of weapons to the deadly Islamist terrorist group, Boko haram, which has waged a terror war for ten years in Nigeria.

The report further said that without doubt President recep Erdogan, and his party are transferring weapons from Turkey to -this is a shock, to where you may ask- to Nigeria; to whom? -to the Boko Haram organisation.

It has been a very disturbing speculation among Nigerians, the government officials as where the deadly Islamic terror group is getting their supply of sophiscated weapons from. Some finger have been secretly pointing at Saudi Arabia due to the fact that the Muslim group that make up the Islamic terror group is known to be of Sunni, of which Saudi Arabia is regarded as Sunni Muslim country.

Some speculations had it that Nigerian politicians are behind the group, and different political parties have pointed fingers at each other since the last 8 years since this terror group has been carrying out their attacks.

It is estimated that at least Boko Haram has killed over 11,000 Nigerians, mostly women, children and a good number of officers of the Nigerian security forces. Also, the group has been collecting huge ransoms through kidnapping of school children, and villagers. Among these kidnappings are the widely publicised one, the Chibok school girls. While some of these girls have been released, some are still in their custody for several years now.

This leaked telephone conversation was made in 2014/15, which was the year the group was most deadly and carried out most of their horrendous suicide attacks within this period.

When the audio was leaked, it didn’t attract much attention due to the fact that the United States, and other super powers did not see President Recep Erdogan as one who is interested in Islamist politics other than in his own nation.

President Recep Erdogan seen here showing the Rabbia Insgnia, a sign of the Islamic brotherhood

But recently, the leader of ISIS, Khalif El-Baghdadi was killed, or apparently blew himself up, when the United States special operation forces closed down on him just three miles away from Turkish border. Something that shocked some analysts, who questioned how could such a man be so closed to the Turkey without being detected.

Political and Intelligence analsyt, Mr Raymond Ibrahim, said that certain issues have revealed that President Erdogan is involved with ISIS and has now been linked to such a deadly terror group, Boko Haram. He also said that the international observaers have noticed that weapons used by Boko haram are very sophiscated. He said that attacks by Boko Haram has the same pattern as that of ISIS, like chooping off heads of their captives, and attack targetting Christians women, school children. Also, mentioned was made of Fulani tribesmen, who are largely normadic and primitive in their lifestyle but are always armed with sophiscated weaponry.

Mr Raymond said that the benefit of this to Erdogan is that he is a strong ally of Muslim brotherhood, and seems to believe that spread of Islamist groups will overhtrow more secular states.

He said that President Buhari is also a Fulani Muslim, who has been accused of being complacent to these attacks by Boko haram and could as well been an ally of Turkey in these attacks, which is aimed at Islamising the entire country, Nigeria.

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Turkey Seeks Extradition Of 1000 Turkish Citizens From Nigeria, Says FG |RN


President Of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Nigerian government has confirmed that Turkish authorities requested for the extradition of over 1000 Turkish citizens in Nigeria for belonging to the Fethullah Movement “FETO” which has been declared a terrorists organization by the Turkish government.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, confirmed this at a news conference on Saturday, in Istanbul, to wrap up President Buhari’s four-day visit to Ankara and the D8 meeting.

Onyeama, said for the diplomatic skills of President Buhari, the matter would have led to frosted diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Turkey.

Nigeria had last year refused to honour request by Turkish government to close down 17 Turkish schools in the country for their alleged links with movement led by US-based Fethullah Gulen, fingered for July 15, 2016 failed coup attempt in Turkey.

Buhari is currently in Turkey for both State visit as well as to attend the 9th D8 Summit in Istanbul which holds on Friday.

Turkish government had said investigations revealed that Fethullah Gulen was responsible for the failed coup attempt, which claimed over 200 lives, and has requested Nigerian government to close the schools.

Onyeama told journalists that, “There was the request for the extradition of some of the Turks in Nigeria who have been given asylum to remain in Nigeria and recognized by the United Nations (UN) as political refugees and the Turkish government requested that we extradite some of them. There was also the request that the schools and hospitals established by Gülen Movement should be closed in Nigeria. They now labelled them Fethtulah (FETO) as a terrorists organization”.

The minister noted that “These were all issues that were lingering and complicating slightly relationship between the two countries. So what this visit has been able to do I think is to put all those to rest and facilitate direct engagement and what I will call agreeing for a way forward between the two countries.

“Mr. President was very good in that. He is a very good diplomat. He was able to really douse the tension between the two sides while not compromising on principles of Nigeria. He did it The result has been that it has improved relationship between the two countries and government. The level of confidence between the two countries has also increased. It is a real diplomatic masterpiece”.

Onyeama said President Buhari assured President Erdogan that Nigeria would not allow its territory be used as a breeding ground for any terrorist or group of individuals with the aim of destabilizing Turkey.

“The point was made and Mr. President with regard to the Gülen movement that under no circumstances would Nigeria allow itself to be a base for the destabilization of Turkey. And Mr. President came out very strongly in support of the democratic process and institutions of Turkey, condemning the coup attempt in Turkey and reassuring the Turkish government of Nigeria’s total support for the territorial integrity of Turkey, for the democratic governance in Turkey and the security of Turkey. Likewise the Turkish government made that reassurance to Nigeria. So once they got those different issues out of the way, it was much easier and they were more able to focus on what will transform the lives of Nigerians and the Turkish people,” Onyeama said.

The Foreign Affairs Minister spoke on other areas that would have sparked off diplomatic crisis that President Buhari was able to amicably resolve with President Erdogan to include the refusal of visas to some Turkish security personnels, IPOB issue, and the delay in the issuance of Turkish visas to Nigeria and the request to increase the number of flights of Turkish Airlines into Nigeria.

“With all the outstanding issues, he was able to really skillfully navigate through but at the same time mending all the ruffled feathers and fences. We were able to void making it what I will call antagonistic. The part that he really chatted was to look at those areas where we can cooperate and there would be win-win and would diffuse tension. They looked at economic areas, educational areas, economic development, operational areas and agree to allow the normal legal international processes to run their course with regard to the more sensitive issues,” he said.     (The Sun)

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President Buhari Leaves For Turkey |The Republican News


Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has left the country to Istanbul, Turkey where he will be participating in the ninth Summit of the Developing 8 (D-8) on Friday, October 20, 2017.

The President left the country on Wednesday after presiding over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, with his cabinet members at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

President Buhari, at the invitation of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , would participate in an official working visit to Ankara, the capital city, prior to the D-8 Summit.

A statement signed on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.

“In Ankara, the President will have a tete-a-tete with his Turkish counterpart while delegations from both countries will hold discussions in various fields including defence cooperation, security, educational and migration issues. The Nigerian leader will also visit the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey in Ankara where he will meet with the Speaker, Ismail Kahraman.

“While in Istanbul, the Turkish commercial centre, President Buhari will use the occasion of the D-8 Summit to bolster warm and growing ties across a broad range of areas of cooperation with leaders of the D8-member countries, namely Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan and Turkey.”

The D-8 Summit with the theme, “Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation”, will among other things, focus on cooperation in the areas of agriculture, trade, transport, energy and increased private sector participation among member-countries.  (The Sun)

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IPOB Press Release Over Turkey’s Rep, Adviser To Nnamdi Kanu, Threat To His Life, Family |RN



We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide would like to use this medium to clarify pertinent issues bordering on our relationship with Mr Abdulkadir Erkahraman, a Turkish citizen, who is the current President of International Nations Commercial Association based in Turkey and also an adviser to our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Mr Erkahraman is equally a representative of IPOB on international relations in the Middle East and Asia.

Mr Erkahraman has come under serious attack lately from the APC regime of Muhammadu Buhari who are using some Turkish businessmen in Abuja and “Fethullahist Terror Organization” (FETÖ) to threaten him to denounce his support for IPOB to the extent of inviting him to come to Nigeria to make a television broadcast publicly renouncing his support for Biafra. His life and that of his family have come under severe threat and we wish to notify the Turkish government and the world accordingly.

Having purchased a black market order from the court of Justice Kufurati sitting in Abuja labelling the peaceful IPOB a terrorist organisation, an act designed to alienate friends of Biafra from publicly associating with the IPOB led the movement for self-determination, this Nigerian government is hoping to isolate the movement for Biafra restoration away from international supporters. These scare tactics will not work because Mr Abdulkadir Erkahraman is a conscientious Muslim who understand what human rights is all about and the need to preserve same. He believes that freedom for Biafra supersedes everything else in life, even his own religion.

When he visited our leader in his hometown Afaraukwu Ibeku Umuahia, their discussions focused exclusively on areas of infrastructural development and how such partnerships can be developed to help alleviate the suffering of the people of Biafra. He is not a Turkish diplomat, he has never claimed to be one and our leader did not receive him in such capacity. Those on online news platforms in Nigeria referring to him as a diplomat are deliberately misleading their readers.

Some of these publishers are nothing more than sponsored agents, in the pay of the Ministry of Information, used to carry out smear campaigns in the hope of tarnishing the image of Mr Abdulkadri Erkahraman and Biafra. Their sole aim is to cause misunderstanding in Turkish diplomatic circles. We strongly advise the Turkish mission in Nigeria to disregard the discredited lying antics of Lai Mohammed and their attempt to deflect attention from their murderous ill-fated Operation Python Dance currently going on in Biafraland.

The world should know that this Nigerian government has become so desperate to the point that they can go to any length to try and stop the restoration of Biafra, believe it through blackmail, intimidation and cold-blooded murder. If you consider that this same Buhari regime in recent days have accused their staunchest allies the United Kingdom, France and USA of financing terrorists [IPOB] you will begin to appreciate how paranoid they have become.

The Buhari regime should leave Mr Abdulkadri Erkahraman alone and stop using his name to settle old scores with the Turkish government over Buhari’s sponsorship of the failed coup in Turkey. It is public knowledge that Turkey has ordered the Nigeria government to close down all the schools bearing Turkish names in Nigeria used as a front for the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ). Until now this Buhari government have refused to close down these schools and organizations, they still bear Turkish names.

We call upon the government of Turkey and the president of Turkey, His Excellency Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, to look critically at the activities of the government of Nigeria in Turkey. Mohammed Buhari is a known sponsor of terrorism and was named as Boko Haram chief negotiator before becoming president of Nigeria. He is presently the grand patron of the fourth most deadly terror group in the world, Fulani herdsmen better known as Miyetti Cattle Breeders Association. He is a man given to violent impulses and will not hesitate to sponsor another coup or fund terror attacks against Turkey, as long as it leads to bloodshed and loss of life.

Buhari is a well-known supporter of Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ). He has given them protection and covers since he came into power. He is now using them to attack the Turkish government and her people. The Nigerian government imported arms into Nigeria ports under the guise of FETO in order to tarnish the image of IPOB and Mr Abdulkadri Erkrahram and by extension that of Turkey.

The Turkish government should as a matter of urgency review the activities of Nigeria government against the Turkish state and if need be expel the Nigerian mission in Turkey before it’s too late. FETO is hiding under the Nigeria government to tarnish the image of Turkey and that of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Nigeria government are hoping to use IPOB and Mr Abdulkadir Erkrahram as a bargaining chip in this Cold War with Turkey which we cannot allow.

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FG Meets Turkish Ambassador To Discuss Frequent Importation Of Arms From Turkey |RN


By Christopher Orji and Isaac Anumihe

Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) yesterday confirmed Daily Sun’s report of the interception of pump action rifles imported from Turkey, saying that the Federal Government has scheduled a meeting today  with the Turkish Ambassador to discuss the frequent importation of arms into Nigeria from a particular country.

Addressing newsmen in Lagos on the recent interception of 470 pump action rifles, the Controller General of Customs (CGC), Colonel Hameed Ibrahim Ali (rtd), said that all seaports and airports in the country have been put on red alert as the hoodlums might devise a means of using other ports to perfect their nefarious activities.

According to Ali, the federal government would meet with Turkish Ambassador today to discuss ways to check the frequent importation of arms from his country.  “I want to say here that tomorrow (today) by the Grace of God, we will have the first diplomatic meeting with the Ambassador of Turkey, specifically on this issue. Already, our president has discussed this issue at an international forum. He was mandated to sit with us and to resolve on the way forward.  As I promised you, steps are being taken beyond the shores of Nigeria because we must establish what is happening and why it is happening and how we can stop it,” he said

Suspecting that the criminals will avoid the Tin Can port, the CG charged his comptrollers to subject all consignments to proper scrutiny while putting all the ports, including airports, on red alert. 

“In the last eight months including today, we have seized a total of 2,671 pump action rifles and I think we will continue to do this. We are not going to rest on our oars. In fact, I have given my comptrollers a matching order. Now that Tin Can Island Port is becoming too difficult, they will look on to other places. So, we have now put every port, land and airport on red alert. We are going to subject a lot of people to proper scrutiny,” he disclosed.

Ali gave the number of the 20-feet container bearing the deadly weapons as CMAU 189817/8 while the importer of the cargo is Great James Oil and Gas Limited. The vessel is MV Arkas Africa owned by Hull Blyth.

While expressing worry on the audacity of the criminals who engage in the acts, Ali said that the consolation is that the new Nigeria Customs Service is more responsive meeting the challenges posed by the criminals.

“We must rise up and remain vigilant to deal decisively with the enemies of the nation. As our seaports become increasingly impenetrable, we suspect they may want to try other entry points. Let me assure Nigerians that the service is presently at critical alert following my directive to all customs area comptrollers yesterday. We will do all in our powers to further secure this country,” he promised.

He said the government would contact the International Police (INTERPOL) and other relevant organisations to assist in the fight against the importation of deadly arms into the country.

“We have uncovered a syndicate of Nigerians in Turkey who illegally import weapon into the country; we will go after them.

Having identified the country of origin, we will not relent in making sure that we get to the bottom why the importation is coming to a particular country. President Mohammadu Buhari has discussed the issue at an international forum and the Ambassador has been directed to be on the seat with us. We want to know the motive of the importer, whether he is bringing the arms for a militia group in Nigeria”.

Yesterday’s interception of 470 pump action rifles in Tin Can port, was the fourth this year.  On March 10, customs intercepted 661 pump action rifles and on May 23, another 440 pump action rifles were intercepted. On September 11,  1100, pump action rifles were intercepted.  The container with 661 rifles was intercepted along Apapa-Oshodi Expressway after it was duly cleared from the port but, the other three were intercepted before they were cleared from the port. All the items were said to have come from Turkey.    (The Sun)

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Tensions Rise Between Turkey, US Along Syrian Border |The Republican News


In a frame taken from video, U.S. forces patrol Friday on a rural road in northern Syria.© APTV/AP In a frame taken from video, U.S. forces patrol Friday on a rural road in northern Syria.
ISTANBUL — Tensions rose Saturday along the Turkish-Syrian border as both Turkey and the United States moved armored vehicles to the region and Turkey’s leader once again demanded that the United States stop supporting Syrian Kurdish militants there.

The relocation of Turkish troops to the area came a day after U.S. troops were seen patrolling the tense border in Syria. Those patrols followed a Turkish airstrike against bases of Syrian Kurdish militia, the United States’ main ally in combating Islamic State militants in Syria.

More U.S. troops were seen Saturday in armored vehicles in Syria in Kurdish areas. Kurdish officials described U.S. troop movements as a “buffer” between them and Turkey.

But Turkey views Syria’s Kurdish People’s Protection group, known as YPG, as a terrorist organization and an extension of the Kurdish militants who have been waging a three-decade-long insurgency against Turkey.

“The YPG, and you know who’s supporting them, is attacking us with mortars. But we will make those places their grave, there is no stopping,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

Footage shot Friday night showed a long line of Turkish trucks and military vehicles driving to the border area. The private Ihlas news agency reported that the convoy was heading to southeastern Sanliurfa province from Kilis in the west. The base is 30 miles from Syria’s Tal Abyad, a town controlled by the Kurdish militia.

Just before the troop location, the agency said, Turkish officials, announced the completion of a phase of Turkey’s cross-border operation of Euphrates Shield in Syria, adding that the force may be used against Syrian Kurdish militants “if needed.”

Tensions in the border area rose last week when Turkey conducted airstrikes against YPG bases in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday. The Turkish military said that it killed at least 90 militants and wounded scores more. The Kurdish group in Syria said that 20 of its fighters and media activists were killed in the strike, which was followed by cross-border clashes.

Erdogan hinted that his country was also ready to repeat its attacks in Sinjar, Iraq, to prevent it from turning into a base for the Kurdish militia.

Kurdish officials said that the U.S. patrols are monitoring the Turkish-Syrian border to prevent an increase in tensions with Turkey, a NATO member, and U.S. ally.

On Saturday, more U.S. troops in armored vehicles arrived in Kurdish areas, passing through the town of Qamishli, close to the border with Turkey. The town is mostly controlled by Kurdish forces, but Syrian government troops hold pockets of territory there, including the airport.

The convoy was followed by another of YPG militia. Some footage posted online showed Kurdish residents cheering U.S.-flagged vehicles as they drove by.

U.S. officials say the troop movement is part of its operations with the Kurdish forces in northern Syria.

Ankara sent its troops into Syria last August in a military operation triggered in large part by the Kurdish group’s expansion along its borders.

The issue has been a source of tension between Ankara and Washington that threatens to hamper the fight against the Islamic State. Instead of working with the Syrian Kurds, Turkey is pressing the United States to let its army join the campaign for Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of the Islamic State.

Erdogan is due in Washington on May 16 for his first meeting with President Trump.

Claiming that his country is leading the most effective campaign against the Islamic State, Erdogan said: “Let us, huge America, all these coalition powers and Turkey, let us join hands and turn Raqqa to Daesh’s grave,” using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.

The YPG forms the backbone of the U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces.

Redur Khalil, a spokesman for the YPG in Syria, said that Turkey is reinforcing its border posts opposite Tal Abyad as well as others.

“We hope that this military mobilization is not meant to provoke our forces or for another purpose linked to entering Syrian territories. We don’t want any military confrontation between us since our priority is to fight Daesh in Raqqa and Tabqa,” Khalil told the Associated Press in cellphone text messages.

Khalil said that his forces were not building up in the area.

(Associated Press)

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IPOB: Nigeria Tells Turkey To Hands Off Biafra, Saying It Is An Internal Matter

Biafran vs Nigeria

Biafran protesters in front of Greek parliament  building

By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Worldwide under the Supreme Command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) has been drawn to an information from a reliable source which had it that Nigeria government through her Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote a diplomatic letter to Turkish government warning her to stay away from Biafra restoration issue or risk a breakdown of her diplomatic relations with Nigeria. It could be recalled that the Turkish government under Mr. Erdogan invited IPOB Highest Command, represented by IPOB Turkey National Chapter, for a discussion over how the government and good people of Turkey could help facilitate a peaceful BiafraExit out of Nigeria federation. According to the content of the said letter, Nigeria government demonstrated a high degree of ignorance in international law of Self-determination by describing Biafra restoration quest as an ‘internal affairs’ of Nigeria.
It is upon this ground that I saw it necessary to make Nigeria government understand that the struggle, requisition, and cry for Biafra restoration has gone beyond a phenomenon to be described as an internal affairs of Nigeria, so that Aso Rock will save herself from the show of shame and ignorance in the letter sent to Ankara. Biafra issue would have ended as Nigeria internal affairs should Nigeria government have been smarter early enough to:
(1) Have not arrested Nnamdi Kanu, other IPOB leaders, thousands of IPOB activists presently held in detention in various Prisons across Nigeria.
(2) Have not killed thousands of IPOB activists and other Biafrans at peaceful rallies, peaceful protests and evangelism at Onitsha, Aba, Igweocha (PH), Asaba, Nkpor and Enugu and bury most of them in a mass grave inside borrow pits in Aba and Onitsha barracks as published by Amnesty International.
(3) have invited Nnamdi Kanu, the Supreme leader of IPOB to a dialogue table for discussions which if he defiantly refuse to honour, Nigeria government should quickly swing into action in pacifying Biafrans from all corners such as economic fronts, political fronts, infrastructural fronts, appointments and grant of a regional autonomy to challenge the stand of Nnamdi Kanu and his follower’s position on marginalization of Biafrans in Nigeria.
(4) Have organised a UN, AU, ECOWAS and Common Wealth monitored referendum for Biafrans to freely decide their political status through ballot box just as it happened in Scotland in 2014 and Britain in 2016.
By taking these steps, Biafran issue would have ended up purely as internal affairs of Nigeria. International Community and foreign nations like Turkey and other nations which are already standing with Nnamdi Kanu and Biafra, would not have had any business looking into the matter of Biafra agitation. It is unfortunate that Nigeria govt is still seeing internal affairs or sovereignty of Nigeria from outdated perspective or misconstruing the sovereignty as making Nigeria an enclave of injustice.
I hereby make bold to tell Nigeria govt that Nigeria lost her grip on her sovereignty and control on her internal affairs over the issue of Biafra agitation when went outside the law by keeping Nnamdi Kanu in detention for nearly two calendar years now and senselessly killing thousands of Biafrans for calling for Biafra restoration, instead of being smart in organizing a referendum for Biafrans to test their resolve as stipulated by both local and international laws. Any time a country tries to keep an unwilling indigenous people by force in an artificial entity like Nigeria, the reverberation of their quest for true political freedom in the global atmosphere must attract the attention of foreign nations, governments, organizations and institutions and that will to that effect override the right to sovereignty and internal affairs of the given nation.
The question of internal affairs raised by Nigeria government before Turkish government on the issue of their support for Biafra is a product of ignorance to international laws, conventions, and protocols governing Self-determination and unquenchable alarm raised due to injustice from a people in a given nation. Considering these public enlightenments for the principal officers of Nigeria government, I view the outburst of Nigeria against Turkey as a mere way of Nigeria govt trying to add a whole Turkey and President Erdogan to the list of nations they have intimidated. I now wonder how Nigeria should ever think that it will intimidate a mighty and well-organized nation like Turkey.
It is, therefore, time for over nations to queue behind Turkey and say “NO” to injustice against the people of Biafra by convincing Nigeria government to organize a referendum for Biafrans. Unity by force against Biafrans is tantamount to slavery.
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BREAKING: Erdogan Hails ‘Clear’ Win In Vote On New Powers In Turkey Referendum

Supporters of Turkey's president celebrate as they wave Turkish national flags during a rally near the headquarters of the ruling AP in Ankara, 16 AprilImage copyrightAFP
Image captionErdogan supporters began celebrating early outside party headquarters in Ankara

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has claimed victory in the referendum on granting him sweeping new powers, saying it was won by a clear majority.

He addressed a rally in Istanbul as the count neared completion. With more than 99% of ballots counted, “Yes” was on 51.35% and “No” on 48.65%.

Erdogan supporters say replacing the parliamentary system with an executive presidency will modernise the country.

The two main opposition parties are challenging the results.

The “Yes” vote, if confirmed, could also see Mr Erdogan remain in office until 2029.

Three people were shot dead near a polling station in the south-eastern province of Diyarbakir, reportedly during a dispute over how they were voting.

This could get ugly: Mark Lowen, BBC News, Ankara

Supporters are streaming into the governing AK party’s headquarters here in Ankara, car horns and campaign songs blaring – they are convinced the “Yes” side has won and that President Erdogan now has a mandate for the biggest political reform in Turkey’s modern history.

The president has claimed victory but the opposition disputes it, complaining of massive irregularities with the voting, suggesting the state news agency manipulated results and vowing to challenge them with the supreme election board.

Turkey has shown itself more polarised than ever tonight. And if the protests gather steam, this could get ugly.


How significant are the changes?

They would represent the most sweeping programme of constitutional changes since Turkey became a republic almost a century ago.

The president would be given vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament.

The new system would scrap the role of prime minister and concentrate power in the hands of the president, placing all state bureaucracy under his control.

What is the case for ‘Yes’?

A man shows a voting ballot with the words in Turkish that read, 'Evet' or Yes and 'Hayir' or No as people vote in the referendum on expanding the powers of the Turkish president on April 16, 2017 in Istanbul.Image copyrightAFP
Image captionThere is just a simple “Yes” or “No” choice on the ballot

Mr Erdogan said the changes were needed to address Turkey’s security challenges nine months after an attempted coup, and to avoid the fragile coalition governments of the past.

“This public vote is [about] a new governing system in Turkey, a choice about change and transition,” he said after casting his vote in Istanbul.

The new system, he argued, would resemble those in France and the US and would bring calm in a time of turmoil marked by a Kurdish insurgency, Islamist militancy and conflict in neighbouring Syria, which has led to a huge refugee influx.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) cast his vote with his grandson Mehmet Akif (C) as his wife Emine (2-L) and granddaughter Mahinur (2-L, front) accompany him at a polling station for a referendum on the constitutional reform in Istanbul, TurkeyImage copyrightEPA
Image captionMr Erdogan voted in Istanbul accompanied by his wife and two grandchildren

The referendum, the BBC’s Mark Lowen reports, was effectively one on Mr Erdogan and the Turkey he has moulded in his image: fiercely nationalist and conservative.

And what about for ‘No’?

The Republican People’s Party (CHP) has demanded a recount of 60% of the votes.

Critics of the proposed changes fear the move would make the president’s position too powerful, arguing that it would amount to one-man rule, without the checks and balances of other presidential systems.

They say his ability to retain ties to a political party – Mr Erdogan could resume leadership of the AK Party – would end any chance of impartiality.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, leader of the CHP, told a rally in Ankara a “Yes” vote would endanger the country.

The leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican PeopleImage copyrightAFP
Image captionSupporters greeted main opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu when he voted in Ankara

“We will put 80 million people… on a bus with no brakes,” he said.

“No” supporters have complained of intimidation during the referendum campaign and that Turkey’s highly regulated media has given them little coverage.

What’s the wider context?

Many Turks already fear growing authoritarianism in their country, where tens of thousands of people have been arrested, and at least 100,000 sacked or suspended from their jobs, since a coup attempt last July.

The campaign unfolded under a state of emergency imposed in the wake of the failed putsch.

Mr Erdogan assumed the presidency, meant to be a largely ceremonial position, in 2014 after more than a decade as prime minister.

Women chant the slogan Image copyrightEPA
Image captionWomen in Istanbul campaigned for the “No” vote on Thursday

This once stable corner of the region has in recent years been convulsed by terror attacks and millions of refugees, mostly from Syria, have arrived.

At the same time, the middle class has ballooned and infrastructure has been modernised. Under Mr Erdogan, religious Turks have been empowered.

Relations with the EU, meanwhile, have deteriorated. Mr Erdogan sparred bitterly with European governments who banned rallies by his ministers in their countries during the referendum campaign. He called the bans “Nazi acts”.

In one of his final rallies, he said a strong “Yes” vote would “be a lesson to the West”.

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What’s in the new constitution?

The draft states that the next presidential and parliamentary elections will be held on 3 November 2019.

The president would have a five-year tenure, for a maximum of two terms.

  • The president would be able to directly appoint top public officials, including ministers
  • He would also be able to assign one or several vice-presidents
  • The job of prime minister, currently held by Binali Yildirim, would be scrapped
  • The president would have power to intervene in the judiciary, which Mr Erdogan has accused of being influenced by Fethullah Gulen, the Pennsylvania-based preacher he blames for the failed coup in July
  • The president would decide whether or not impose a state of emergency


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BREAKING NEWS: Deadly Explosion Near Court House In Izmir, Turkey |The Republican News

By Ike A. Offor


There has been a deadly explosion near a courthouse in Izmir, Turkey.  The report from one of the The Republican News reporters from Istanbul says that it was a very large explosion which claimed victims.

Two people were killed by the explosion, one police officer and a staff of the courthouse where the explosion occurred.

The official report says that the explosion was caused by a car bomb.

Turkey had on the new year’s night experienced an attack from alone gunman who killed 39 people in a famous bar, where revellers were ushering in the new year. It was all found that most of the people killed in that attack were foreigners.


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The Moment Russian Ambassador Was Shot By His Killer In Turkey Captured In A(Video) |The Republican News

By Ike A. Offor

Today has been a very eventful day around  Europe with two terror attacks both in Ankara, Turkey and in Berlin Christmas market in Germany.

It is like a scene from an action movie when this assailant fatally shot the ambassador of Russia to Turkey, Mr. Andrey Karhlov from behind.  Mr Andrey Karhlov has been the Ambassador of Russia to Turkey since 2013  and he was visiting an art museum where he opened a photo exhibit.

A close look at that scene would raise few questions how did such incident happen.

The assassin has been identified as a 22-year-old riot police officer, named Mervlut Mert Altintas. He hails from the small coastal town of Turkey.

His parents and sister have been arrested  and detained for further questioning. The Turkish investigators are combing their entire house for every shred of evidence that could help the investigators to ascertain whether he was a lone terrorist or working with others in the police force.

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The Turkish president has vowed to cleanse the police and the military of every element of saboteurs and terrorists.

Mr Altintas, is actually a police officer attached to guard the Russian Ambassador and he shot him cowardly several times from behind until he slumped to the floor of the museum. He was later neutralised by Turkish police. Amb. Karhlov was taken to the hospital where he was later declared dead.

Mr Mervlut Mert Atintas screamed after shooting the ambassador, ‘Allahu Akbar’, which means God is great and a slogan usually screamed and used by Islamic terrorists around the world. He also screamed ‘Do not forget Aleppo’.

The Russians have agreed to work in tandem with Turkish investigators to unearth every elements connected to this terror incident. The Russian president, Mr Vladimir Putin has vowed to bring death on every one of them connected to any form of terror.

In another incident in the Christmas market in Berlin, Germany, a hijacked truck was driven through crowd of people in the Christmas market. The police in Germany is investigating it as a terror attack in which 9 people died and 50 people were injured.

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